Grammar Check: Affect Vs. Effect


Rachel Poli

Affect and Effect are twins. Sometimes you can tell them apart, but other days it’s difficult.

I hope this post will have a lastingeffect on you. (See what I did there?)

Affect

Affect is a verb. You use it to influence something. It can be used in the act of changing something.

Examples:

The book affected me to do something inspirational.(The book influenced me to do something.)
His words affected me so much that I would do something I’d regret.(He influenced me to do something.)

Effect

Effect is a noun. You use it when you’re talking about the change itself or the result of something.

Examples:

The drug has many side effects.(Taking the medicine can result in other symptoms.)
The remix of the song had a higher effect as the original version.(Listening to the remix song resulted in better buys.)

I hope this post affected

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